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2020-2021 Catalog 
  
2020-2021 Catalog

Psychology, AA (with Designation)


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CIP 24.0101
Donna Fitzsimmons, Department Chair

Career Opportunities

The Associate of Arts Degree with Designation in Psychology prepares students to transfer as a junior to a four-year institution in Colorado in order to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in psychology. Much of the coursework for BA and BS degrees in psychology tends to overlap (for example, social science requirements and core courses), but those with a BA degree are geared toward more modern scientific psychology – how we adapt to rapidly changing social and physical environments. Students who opt for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology can choose to work in the human services field (crisis intervention or case management) or in business areas (human resources, personnel or management). Once a BA is completed, students may pursue a higher degree in psychology, if interested.

Program Description

This program introduces the student to the field of psychology and includes the coursework to meet general education requirements that are common to all Colorado four-year institutions, as well a specific courses in various subfields of psychology. Upon transfer, students from Pueblo Community College who have earned the Associate of Arts (AA) Degree with Designation in Psychology will be ready to complete the last half of a BA in Psychology at a four-year institution.

Program Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed below, you must:

  1. Earn a minimum of 60 semester hours of course work
  2. Earn a minimum of 15 graded semester hours at PCC
  3. Earn a minimum of “C” in all coursework for the degree

Consult with a PCC Arts and Sciences advisor or transfer advisor to find out which Colorado Statewide Guaranteed Transfer Courses (GT Pathways) or elective courses meet the degree requirements of the four-year college to which you plan to transfer.

To earn an AA degree with a designation in psychology, you must complete at least 60 college-level credits, as described below:

Total Credits: 60


* Refer to CCCS Guaranteed Transfer (GT) - Pathways Courses  for a full list of all GT Pathway Courses

General Education Core Requirements (34-36 Credits)


Written Communication (6 Credits)


Mathematics (3-4 Credits)


Colorado Mesa University


Colorado State University-Pueblo


  • Colorado State University-Pueblo prefers MAT 121 ;

Fort Lewis College


  • Fort Lewis college requires MAT 135 ;

University of Colorado Boulder


  • University of Colorado Boulder requires MAT 121  or higher;

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs


  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs requires MAT 121 ;

Western State Colorado University


  • Western State Colorado University requires MAT 121 

Natural and Physical Sciences (7-8 Credits)


  • One GT Pathways Biology course. Must be GT-SC1 course with lab
  • One GT Pathways GT-SC1 course of the student’s choosing.

Arts and Humanities (9 Credits)


No more than two courses from any one category

  • Select three GT Pathways Arts & Humanities Courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4) *

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 Credits)


  • (Select two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3) *

History (3 Credits)


  • Select one GT Pathway course (GT-HI1) *

Additional Required Psychology Courses (18 Credits)


Electives (6-8 Credits)


Determined by transferring institution

Transfer Degrees


This degree transfers to the following Colorado public four-year institutions of higher education:

  • Adams State University (B.A. Psychology; Developmental, Clinical, Sport Psychology, or Psychology emphasis)
  • Colorado Mesa University (B.A. Psychology; Psychology or Counseling Psychology concentrations)
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo (B.A. Psychology)
  • Fort Lewis College (B.A. Psychology)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.A. Psychology)
  • University of Colorado, Boulder (B.A. Psychology)
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (B.A. Psychology)
  • University of Colorado, Denver (B.A. Psychology)
  • University of Northern Colorado (B.A. Psychology)
  • Western State Colorado University (B.A. Psychology)

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